Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler has seen his role on the offense diminish this offseason. After another up-and-down season in 2013, the team re-signed Jake Ballard, signed John Carlson and drafted Troy Niklas, all of whom are tight ends. They also have Darren Fells and Andre Hardy at the position this offseason as well.
According to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, Housler is one of the most likely candidates of players to change teams this offseason via trade.
A speedy pass-catching specialist, Housler is underutilized in Bruce Arians' offense, which favors blocking specialists at tight end. As a contract year player who has not met expectations in Arizona, Housler should be available for the right price. New Giants coordinator Ben McAdoo is believed to be seeking a tight end with Housler's skill set.
Trading Housler is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Last year the team traded away Anthony Sherman when it became evident he was not going to play (Bruce Arians does not like fullbacks). Right now, Housler would be the team's fourth tight end. Moving him would allow for one of the other younger guys to develop on the roster.
Wesseling suggests the Giants, Patriots, Falcons, Chiefs and Bills could be potential trade partners.
Would Housler be more valuable to the team bringing back a player or a draft pick, or as depth at the position? What do you think he would be worth? Considered a disappointment, what exactly is his value on the market? And with all the inconsistencies, he still was the team's most productive tight end with 39 catches, 454 and a touchdown. And with John Carlson already having a history of injuries and concussions, is Housler not a good option to have as depth?
With more talent around him as competition, might he step up and shine? Perhaps not, but is the team better with Housler or with a guy like Darren Fells or Andre Hardy? Fells and Hardy are very athletic, but still raw. In the one practice I saw, they each struggled with catching easy passes.
If it were up to you, Cardinals fans, how would you handle Housler?